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Style Notes: 'Zoolander 2' Trans Character Angers LGBTQ Groups; Cushnie et Ochs Gets New CEO, Investor

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Benedict Cumberbatch as "All" in Zoolander 2

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The Internet went wild when the recent Zoolander 2 trailer was released, but it wasn't all happy buzz. The LGBTQ community has found fault with the trans character "All" (played by cisgender actor Benedict Cumberbatch), calling the actor's performance a mockery of the trans movement and a "cartoonish" portrayal of trans lives. [THR]

Designers Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs of the New York label Cushnie et Ochs announced Monday that in a move to grow their company, they have sold a minority stake in their label to an investment group headed up by private equity firm Farol Asset Management. Included in the announcement was the news that the eight-year-old company had hired its first CEO, former Cynthia Rowley CEO Peter Arnold. [Fashionista]

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Fashion and lifestyle site Refinery29 is going international. The company launched its newest U.K. outpost today (Refinery29.uk), and aims cater to the overseas audience with uniquely British daily stories in addition to content it will pull from Refinery29.com. The new U.K. team will be led by former i-D editor Sarah Raphael. [The Guardian

According to a recent poll of retail and industry insiders conducted by WWD, former Lanvin creative director Alber Elbaz is the nearly unanimous choice to fill Dior's vacant creative director position. While the well-loved designer was at the top of the list, a few outliers considered the likes of Riccardo Tisci or Marc Jacobs to fill Raf Simons' shoes. [WWD]

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